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Title:  Plant Manager

Requisition ID:  10726-159
Location: 

Charlotte, NC, US, 28273

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  Up to 25%
Pay Grade:  97

We are seeking candidates to join our company as a Plant Manager of the Charlotte, NC converting plant. We offer outstanding opportunities for our employees to advance their careers through on the job training and job progression.  These are skilled trade positions where our employees build successful careers in the Printing & Packaging industry. 

We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation, Sick & Holidays, optional Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, health spending accounts as well as 401(k) with matching funds. Employees may voluntarily elect Pet Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance Programs, Purchasing Power, Tuition Reimbursement, Aflac, Lifelock Identity Protection, and Hyatt Legal Services. Tobacco Cessation and Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available

JOB SUMMARY: 

The Plant Manager is responsible for leading and managing a manufacturing facility of typically 129 employees to achieve safety, quality, service and productivity targets and expectations. The facility expects to generate approximately $35mm in revenue in 2020 and is projected to generate $40 mm in 2021. The plant produces 90 mm printed sheets across 3 presses (2 Heidelberg and 1 KBA).   All sheets are converted to cartons utilizing 5 Bobst cutters and various converting equipment.  Through effective working partnerships with sales, sales & operations support, the incumbent balances customer needs with optimizing operational effectiveness.  The Plant Manager is responsible for implementing manufacturing policies and programs that maintain and improve the company’s competitive position and profitability of the operation.

JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include but are not limited to the following.

Strategic Initiatives – EBITDA and Cash Targets

  • Improve productivity and decrease waste through the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and projects.
  • Increase labor efficiency and utilization, including staffing and overtime.
  • Optimize inventory turns and reduce aged board inventory to meet cash targets.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Growth Initiatives – Annual Revenue

  • Execute Voice of Customer initiatives at the facility level.
  • Achieve on-time delivery targets.
  • Drive successful onboarding of new and transfer business.
  • Ensure that customer specifications are consistently met or exceeded.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Operational Effectiveness

  • Meet or exceed standards for environmental, safety, working conditions and cleanliness through daily oversight and direction of management team.
  • Develop and implement processes and procedures to continually improve quality and reduce customer complaints.
  • Direct management team to ensure productivity targets are monitored and achieved across all facility assets.
  • Ensure facility assets are appropriately maintained through planning and implementation of maintenance programs and procedures, including preventative maintenance and reliability programs.
  • Manage overall spending against budget and in relation to changes in production volume.
  • Manage facility maintenance budget within parameters.
  • Provide local support and coordination on facility capital projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Drive and implement high performance management practices, including Lean Sigma, daily management processes and other related programs.
  • Partner with HR function to hire, train and evaluate team members. Assess performance and take corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with company policy.  Ensure compliance with current federal, state and local employment regulations. 
  • Establish group and individual accountabilities through annual goal planning and performance reviews.
  • Develop talent through assignments, job rotations, promotions to build bench strength and succession planning.
  • Drive a change in culture to improve employee involvement initiatives and practices. Build, improve and maintain a productive and engaged relationship with hourly associates.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

BACKGROUND / EXPERIENCE:

  • 7–10 years of operational management experience in the packaging industry.
  • Technical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate process improvement teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate vision/mission.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate people.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Internet skills.
  • Continuous Improvement implementation experience.
  • Strong knowledge of Employee/Labor Relations (organized workforce experience desired).
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills with emphasis on Word & Excel.
  • LEAN manufacturing training desired.

EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE:

  • Four-year degree preferred or;
  • Compensatory closely related work experience required in lieu of degree.
  • Master’s Degree a plus

 SPECIFIC SKILLS:

  • Technical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate and develop employees.
  • Must be quality conscious and customer oriented.
  • Strong employee relations skills to include Union, Non-Union, SNE and Exempt employees.

SKILLS:

  • LANGUAGE SKILLS
    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.
  • MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
    • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • REASONING ABILITY
    • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • MECHANICAL
  • COMPUTER/OFFICE EQUIPMENT SKILLS
    • SAP, MS Office and database programs
    • Requires use of all general office equipment (e.g. fax, copier, telephone, etc.)
  • CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

SCHEDULE DEMANDS:

  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    • Sitting continuously, depending on job assignment, for extended periods
    • Ability to twist neck and back and fingering frequently (34-66% of the time)
    • Ability to balance, stoop, bend, squat, climb, twist, handle, feel, reach above shoulder level, at or below shoulder level, over 18” and to reach to the floor, and kneel occasionally (1-33% of the time)
    • Lifting up to 10 lbs occasionally (1-33% of the time)
    • Typing and computer skills are essential
    • Requires repetitive use of both hands for simple grasping on an occasional basis; for use in administrative type work, computer, filing, copying, phone use, talking
    • Ability to read, write, hear, see, speak
    • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices
    • Work in areas of fluctuating temperature and loud noises
    • PPE required: Steel-toed/safety footwear, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Cut resistant Safety Gloves, Hair Net, Beard Net

 KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Business Acumen
  • Customer Focus
  • Decision Quality
  • Developing Direct Reports & Others
  • Drive for Results
  • Ethics and Values
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Intellectual Horsepower
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Listening
  • Managerial Courage
  • Motivating Others 

The above job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Required Experience






At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.


Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.